At the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF), has submitted its second annual round of input regarding the performance measures currently under consideration for use in federal programs.
MAP’s work fulfills a statutory requirement for multi-stakeholder input to HHS on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs, while working to align measures being used for public and private sector programs. Encouraging the private and public sectors to use the same measurement approaches and measures is key to reducing measurement burden on providers and increasing the meaningfulness of measurement information that is increasingly used by consumers and others who purchase healthcare services.
On December 1, 2012, MAP received and began to review the list of more than 500 measures under consideration for twenty federal programs covering clinician, hospital, and post-acute care/long-term care settings. Of these, MAP supported the immediate application of 141 measures in federal programs and supported the direction of another 166 measures, contingent on further development, testing, or NQF endorsement. MAP did not support 165 measures under consideration for inclusion in federal programs. In addition, MAP recommended phased removal of 64 current measures, while also recommending six measures that are not on HHS’ list of measures under consideration be added to programs.